Permanent Residence: Express Entry

Express Entry

Express Entry is an application system for immigration to Canada. Potential applicants for permanent residency can submit their profiles to the online Express Entry system. Applicants are allocated points based on various selection criteria, and the highest-ranked applicants are invited to apply for permanent residency in Canada.

Which Immigration Categories Are Covered?

  • Skilled Worker Program
  • Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class

Who Can Apply Under Express Entry?

PR Eligibility is governed by the individual selection criteria of the immigration category under which the application is made.

How Does Express Entry Function?

  • Foreign nationals wanting to apply for permanent residency in Canada complete their online profile on the Express Entry system
  • Applicant profiles within the express pool are ranked based on a points-based system. Points are awarded based on various selection criteria like education, age, work experience, and many more
  • Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) establishes a minimum points cut-off as a selection criterion
  • Top-ranked applicants who meet the minimum cut-off get an invitation from IRCC to apply for permanent residency in Canada
  • Applicants invited to apply will have 60 days to submit their full application. Earlier this timeline was for 90 days to submit documents but has been changed recently.
  • Provinces in Canada also select candidates through the Express Entry pool such as the Ontario Human Capital stream. Provinces other than Ontario also select candidates from the EE pool according to the criteria prescribed by the province.
  • Applications for permanent residency under Express System are generally processed within six to twelve months

How Are Points Awarded?

Each applicant profile is awarded points based on specific selection criteria:

  • Education completed in any country except Canada
  • Education completed in a Canadian college or university gets additional points
  • Language proficiency in English or French, which are Canada’s official languages
  • Work experience and job skills
  • Age
  • Possession of a job offer from a Canadian employer
  • Spouse’s profile including their education, work experience, and language abilities
  • Possession of provincial nomination

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